Influenza

Child receiving flu vaccine

Stay Healthy, Prevent Flu

Influenza, commonly called “the flu”, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus that affects the nose, throat, and lungs. Influenza spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Unlike the common cold, the flu can cause serious illness and can be life-threatening. Each year over 36,000 people in the U.S. die from complications of the flu.

Did you know that it takes about two weeks after getting the flu vaccine for it to be fully effective? Get vaccinated as soon as the annual flu vaccine is available and protect yourself from getting the flu. Everyone 6 months or older should get a flu vaccine.

Find a Flu Vaccine Clinic for Adults Near You

 Sponsoring Agencies

Orleans, Essex VNA & Hospice (OEVNA) - (802) 334-5213. Offers vaccination to all adults in Newport (Orleans county). Appointments prefered, walk-ins welcome (46 Lakemont Road).
Date County Town Time Location Sponsor
9/21/17 Orleans Westfield 10:00-12:00pm Westfield Community Center OEVNA
9/27/17 Washington Montpelier 9:00-11:00am Montpelier Senior Center CVHHH
9/29/17 Washington Northfield 9:30-11:00am Northfield Senior Center CVHHH
9/30/17 Washington Berlin 10:00-11:00am Central Vermont Home Health CVHHH
10/3/2017 Washington Waitsfield 10:00-11:00am Evergreen Place CVHHH
10/4/2017 Washington Barre 10:00-11:30am Barre Senior Center CVHHH
10/5/2017 Orange Williamstown 11:00-12:00pm Williamstown United Church CVHHH
10/6/2017 Washington Plainfield 9:30-10:30am Twin Valley Senior Center CVHHH
10/9/2017 Washington Montpelier 11:00-1:00pm Montpelier Senior Center CVHHH
10/11/2017 Washington Waterbury 10:30-12:00pm Waterbury Senior Center CVHHH
10/17/2017 Washington Berlin 5:00-6:30pm Central Vermont Home Health CVHHH
10/18/2017 Washington Worchester 11:30-1:00pm Worchester Town Hall CVHHH
10/28/17 Orleans Coventry 9:00-11:00am Coventry Town Clerks Office OEVNA
11/4/2017 Washington Berlin 10:00-11:00am Central Vermont Home Health CVHHH

In This Section

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. Prevent the spread of germs by washing hands often and well, covering your cough, and staying home and away from others when you're sick.

Is it a cold or the flu? Flu symptoms can often be confused with the common cold, but the flu usually comes on more suddenly and is more severe than the common cold.

Here is the weekly ILI surveillance summary and information about testing, treatment and prophylaxis, infection control, disease reporting and more resources for health professionals. 

The Health Department monitors flu activity in the state throughout the year. Flu surveillance is a collaboration of CDC, state health departments, health care providers, labs, clinics and ERs.

Influenza pandemics usually spread quickly around the world, resulting in unusually high number of illnesses and deaths. Such pandemics occurred in 1918, 1957, 1968 and in 2009 with H1N1 flu.